Wired Women Salon 83: Emily Pelstring + Jessica Mensch
INFLATABLE DEITIES + MICHELLE TOMPKINS + DJ SHENGHAI
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011
Doors : 18h30
Performance : 20h00
DJ : 20h30 – 22h30
4001, rue Berri (corner Duluth) suite 201
Free admission | Hors d’œuvres and refreshments will be served.
To celebrate the accomplishments of our current Artist-in-Residence collaborative, Jessica Mensch and Emily Pelstring, Studio XX hosts Wired Women Salon 83 featuring The Slow Drip, a video installation and performance by Inflatable Deities, with guest vocals by Michelle Tompkins.
During their residency, Jessica and Emily began a multimedia performance project called Inflatable Deities, in which they developed songs and videos, learned how to perform live tape-loop manipulation, use samplers, a drum machine and a Roland JX3P synthesizer, as well as a loop pedal and various other effects pedals/noise generators.
The Slow Drip is a blurry science-fiction dream rehearsed inside of a spatial paradox. It began as an investigation of the male perspectives that often dominate narratives in pop music; but came to encompass a search for hidden ethereal textures and cryptic moments within these familiar jams. The result is a stripped-down, busted-synth and drum-machine music laced with absurd acoustic tricks. Performed against a large scale, two-panel video backdrop, Inflatable Deities offer images of bursting balloons, iridescent meditations, glittery corpses, and the violent dances of future beings.
After the performance, DJ ShengHai will spin tunes into the night.
Jessica Mensch is a Montreal-based painter who investigates notions of identity within the context of portrait and figure painting. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Jessica also composes and performs collaborative theatrical pieces loosely based on dreams, current political issues and predictions of the future. She has exhibited and performed in various group exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax, and in two solo shows, most recently at Galerie Rye in Montreal. Jessica currently works as a freelance portrait artist and oil painting teacher, and paints theatre sets for the Segal and Centaur Theatres in Montreal.
Emily Pelstring is a multi-media artist who creates video installations, experimental films, performances and sound art. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in Film/Animation/Video, and her Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Studio Arts with a concentration in Film Production. She currently works out of Montreal, and has received project support from the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, the Experimental Television Center, Studio XX and others. She has exhibited and screened work at various institutions in Canada and the United States, including XPACE Cultural Centre, Galerie Art Mûr, Centre des Arts Actuels Skol, and Anthology Film Archives.
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